Monday, 3 December 2012

The Holly Bears The Crown

Now the craft fair is over I'm maniacally making xmas cards and here's one that fits the theme for this weeks LIM challenge, RED and GREEN.

I used a holly stamp produced by my bloggy friend, the mega-talented 
Chris Dark which was inked up with Olympia Green Versafine.  I cut out the individual leaves shaped them with a ball tool and applied the merest hint of Stickles to a few leaves.  Next I punched out a few red circles and applied Glossy Accents for the berries and once dry arranged the lot in the corner of the panel.  The red sentiment is by SU.  When I had the idea for this card there were no similar entries but whilst waiting for the G.A. to dry, another holly card appeared with a similar layout. What is it they say about great minds..?  I'm also linking to Creative Inspirations where the theme is Traditional Christmas Colours.

A couple of you know that I had a mini-makeover last week when I used a beauty voucher given to me by my colleagues for my birthday in the summer.  I had a French manicure and individual falsh lashes applied.  I did briefly wonder if I was a bit too long in the tooth at 50 for such fripperies as lashes but then I thought 'nah, bollocks', but when I saw the results I did feel like this for a little while. 


Don't think I will be having them again as they normally cost sixty quid a go and I had to lie still for two and a half hours, but almost a week on I quite like them and there's no need for mascara.

(not brave enough to let you see any more, sans make-up)

And how about my posh digits, they never look like this normally!  

I've an action packed day ahead of me involving ink, card, double sided tape
and a trip to the vet's as Prudy's jabs are due.

 (artwork on filthy windows courtesy of NM)

 Must dash!


Kylie said...

Hi Fiona, I love your Christmas card, simple but striking. And your fluttery lashes too. Very glam. I had eyelash extensions for nearly two years. I loved them (in real life mine are short and stubby) When I finally decided to give my lashes a break and go au natural again my real ones were in a very sorry state indeed. Glad to report they made a recovery though...eventuallly.

Liz said...

Love the card - really pretty!
Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

Vix said...

Those eyelashes look fantastic and so do your nails, voucher well spent!
The Xmas card is a beauty! x

Pam from Maine said...

Our cards are similar. Nice taste :)
Like your 3D effect on yours.

Sylv said...

Love the Holly stamp and how you have shaped it to make your decoration, a beautiful card. Just popped by to thank you for the lovely comment you left me.

Sylv x

Anita said...

Very beautiful and elegant card!

Crafty Lark said...

Very eye catching card, glad you enjoyed your pampering. xx Flora

pastcaring said...

Blimey, you could create a right breeze when you flutter those lashes, Fiona - super glam! They do look great though, and so do your nails. Too old? No no no! If I can wear a ridiculously short dress at MY age, you can have false eyelashes at yours, you know we don't have any truck with that "too old" stuff round here!
Beautiful card too.
Aahhhh - Prudy! Cutie! xxxxx

Rosemary said...

ohhh... your card is absolutely GORGEOUS, fiona!!!

Chrissie said...

Your card is fabulous, I love the stamp... and your mini make over sounded fun... bet you felt really glam!
Thanks so much
"Less is More"

Riet said...

What a beautiful card.

Hugs Riet.xx

Jen said...

hi Fiona... just love you card... those holly leaves are fab

Thanks for joining us this week

Jen xx
"Less Is More"

Zippy said...

Stunning card, so simple and so elegent. Your lashes and nails look fab and I just adore your cat! xxx

lada_vl said...

Magnificent leaves! Elegant card.

Caroline said...

Love your cards - really pretty. The lashes look great, too - I've had them done a couple of times for going on holiday, but as you say, a bit expensive and time-consuming for every day! x

Vicky Hayes said...

Your card is stunning Fiona and those berries are making me lick my lips (for some reason!) A makeover sounds fun - I'm afraid I'm at the stage where being able to lie down for two and a half hours without being called upon to do something sounds wonderful! Your eyelashes look like my youngest son's and I love your elegant French manicure. Vicky x

Aunty Sue said...

lovely card and thanks for joining us this week at Creative inspirations

Darnell J Knauss said...

Sensational card, Fiona. Your berries look like REAL berries!

And your eyelashes, what a treat! I'm sure your eyes and nails were perfectly fine, but what a princess you must feel having them done. And trust me, 50 is not too old! I'm 63, and I'm off to Google how much the lashes would cost here and how long they last ... mine have always been rubbish. TFS!!

Misfits Vintage said...

The eyelashes are SPECTACULAR! The girl who works in my bank has those eyelashes too and they look absolutely amazing - I LOVE them! And your nails are lovely too. Sarah xxx

Jenny said...

Love the patterned leaves Fiona and how you placed them on the card :0)
Jenny x

Viv said...

Gorgeous card Fiona,sooooo love the eyelashes and the manicure too :) Viv xx

GinaA said...

Elegant and stylish. A superb card.